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Chicago Bears, Henry Burris

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1. Henry Burris

Henry Burris began his professional football career with the Green Bay Packers back in 2001, believe it or not. He came to Green Bay after playing his college ball at Temple and having already played a few seasons in the CFL. Spending just the one season with Green Bay as a reserve, the Packers released him and he would go on to sign with the Bears in 2002.

With Chicago, Burris appeared in six games but only threw 51 passes, completing 18 of them for 207 yards and three touchdowns. He tossed five picks as well. However, Burris was dangerous on the ground in his limited action. He ran the ball 15 times for 104 yards that year.

Burris would go on to star in the CFL once more after that, playing for a few different teams. His career in the CFL was actually pretty astounding.

Burris won the Grey Cup (a CFL Championship) three separate times — once in 1998 as a reserve and then twice more in 2008 and 2016. In his two later championships, Burris was the game’s MVP.

Some people forget about Burris because of his limited NFL career, but he was phenomenal in the CFL for many years after that.

Burris won the league’s Most Outstanding Player Award twice, in 2010 and 2015. He also holds the single-game record for most completions (45) and the season-long record for most completions (481), both of which he accomplished in 2015.

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